Top defensive end will camp at OSU

<b>ONE OF THE BEST</b> tools the Beavers have to evaluate prospective talent is their summer camp. Oregon State's will be held from June 24-28. One Californian who will be in attendance is a defensive end who, when he wasn't blocking kicks, spent much of his junior year wreaking havoc in opponent's backfields. He's already up to five offers with more to likely follow soon.

Rancho Cucamonga's Devin Johnson, a 6-3, 215-pound speed burner at defensive end, will camp at Oregon State this summer.

"I just want to go check it out, see how their school is," he said.

Oregon State, virtually all of the Pac-10 and LSU are busy stuffing Johnson's mailbox to the brim. He also has an early frontrunner. That designation falls to nearby UCLA, despite the fact the Bruins aren't among the five schools who have already offered him a full ride.

"I just like them, the way their whole program is," said Johnson of UCLA.

Johnson holds five scholarship offers halfway through March -- from Arizona, ASU, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State.

On the season, Johnson had 10 sacks among his 77 tackles. He also had 5 blocked kicks -- on 3 punts and 2 FG attempts -- not too shabby for a defensive end.

"Devin is highly energetic," said Rancho Cucamonga coach Chris Van Duin. "He's all over the place." Most schools see Johnson at defensive end, but a few are considering him at the linebacker spot, said Van Duin.

"He's very athletic, very tough to block," he said. "He can make plays from behind -- he makes you account for a player you normally wouldn't have to."

Johnson is in no hurry to make a decision and said a school's academics program, facilities and coaches will be important to his decision.

"I'd like to play for a coach that likes to have fun -- but who also wants to win," he said.

Johnson plans on the NIKE combine at USC next month.

He was named first team all league, all-CIF, and LA Times' All-Region. He was the the only junior defensive lineman from DIVISION II named first team all-CIF. Other accolades include first team all-league and was selected to The LA Times All-Region team.

There are two Devins at Rancho Cucamonga High who, with 9 offers already between them, look to be top prospects this year -- DE/LB Devin Johnson and CB/ATH Devin Ross.

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